TINSUKIA, May 9: A permanent solution to the prolonged problem of the ULFA cannot be obtained either through conflict, surrender or through economic packages. Equal respect from both sides regarding talks is the only way out. Both sides should declare unilateral ceasefire for creating a congenial atmosphere for dialogue. These were the words of ULFA’s 28 Bn ‘commander’ Prabal Neog while talking to the media here yesterday. The self-styled ‘commander’ at present in jail was brought to Tinsukia for his trial at the Tinsukia Court yesterday.
Neog said that both the ULFA and the Government should shed their stubborn attitude and try to find a permanent solution for peace and prosperity in the region. He appealed to the top ULFA leaders to sit for talks. This problem has also led to bloodshed and nothing else, said Neog.
The former commander of the militant outfit clearly stated that he has not sent any letter to Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi regarding talks with the outfit as published in a few newspapers.
The Government is not willing to talk with the sons of the soil, the ULFA. After a few years, such a time will come when the illegal immigrants — Bangladeshi citizens — would be demanding an independent Asom to be carved out from India. The present task would be to save the nation from the illegal immigrants. Asom should have control over its resources, then only the indigenous people will be safe.The jailed ULFA leader, however, said that he is not aware of any letter being sent by one of his former colleagues, Mrinal Hazarika, at present in Dibrugarh Jail, to the Chief Minister.
Neog said that his appeal to the top ULFA leaders to come to the negotiation table was not due to any pressure applied by the Army GOC nor by the IGP, Asom. Rather, he has made this appeal on his own.